Small Group Escorted Specialty Tours with Concierge Service
PAINT EUROPE WORKSHOP
HYDRA (GREEK ISLANDS)
PLEIN AIR PAINTING WORKSHOP
with ARTIST LORI McNEE
7 Days / 6 Nights
October 8 - 14, 2023
Hydra's Whitewashed Buildings
Hydra's Old Port
Iconic Greek Island Stone Windmills
Escape to historic and magnificent Greece for a very special Paint Europe Trip!
Whether you are looking to improve your painting techniques... or you are a seasoned artist and just want to paint, paint, paint... join national award-winning artist & instructor, Lori McNee, for an inspirational week of plein air painting.
Each day we'll feed our creative souls. There will be plein air painting sessions in a variety of beautiful locations... Lori will provide group demonstrations and offer individual personal instruction to all those who desire to improve your painting skills and expand your art experience... seasoned artists are free to be on their own to paint and enjoy.
Artists can choose to paint en plein air in oil, gouache and do sketchbook journaling. The painting level is beginners to professional. Everyone will get individual attention.
We'll begin our trip in majestic Athens, where we'll stay in the historical heart of the city. We'll paint Athens archeological landscapes and neighborhood scenes. We’ll start the day with a demonstration by Lori and spend the morning plein air painting in The Agora archeological site with the Temple of Hephaestus. Late-afternoon Lori will lead a “golden hour” painting session in Athens’ historical and colorful Plaka neighborhood, with its labyrinthine streets and neo-classical architecture.
Hydra - One of Greece's Most Beautiful Islands!
We'll travel by inter-island ferry from Athens' port, Piraeus, taking a 90-minute jet-foil ride to the Greek Island of Hydra, one of the prettiest spots in Greece, where we'll paint the island's whitewashed houses and churches, ancient stone windmills, and stunning coastline scenes. Hydra is one of the Saronic Islands of Greece, located in the Aegean Sea. It is an "old world" Greek island -- there are no roads, no cars, no land vehicles. Donkeys are the delivery vans. In Hydra we'll stay in a luxury boutique hotel, experience local island life and enjoy delicious Greek cuisine.
Hydra is an extraordinary charming setting for artists -- an architectural marvel with stone houses that ascend the mountain from the sea, narrow stepped alleyways and winding cobbled paths, with a beautiful clear-watered horse-shoe shaped harbor... where everyone gets around on foot or on a donkey or via water taxi
Each day provides beautiful settings for a week filled of joyous plein air painting!
The trip includes many extras -- welcome reception with Greek wines and hors d'oeuvres, Greek wine tasting session, and farewell gala dinner with traditional Greek cuisine and wines.
Non-painter friends and spouses of artists are invited to join the trip.
There will be personal free time for... added individual painting... shopping in village boutiques... going for a horseback ride... swimming in the Aegean Sea... taking a Greek cooking class... relaxing at outdoor cafes.
Optional before breakfast group pleasure walks are organized for travelers who want some morning exercise before starting their vacation day.
Non-painter friends and spouses of artists are invited to join the trip at a reduced cost.
You will take home your paintings and sketchings along with many treasured memories of a fabulous Greece painting holiday & creative adventure!
Paintings of Lori McNee
The Greece Paint Europe Trip Is Designed To Provide:
A fabulous vacation and painting experience in Athens and the Greek Islands... en plein air painting each day in beautiful locations.
Painting technique demonstrations and individual one-on-one personal guidance with Lori McNee.
Friendly and fun small group environment limited to 18 artists. Enjoy the camaraderie and begin new friendships with like-minded travelers.
Free personal time for added painting... shopping... relaxing.
Optional group morning pleasure walks led by WalkEurope president, Tom Harter.
Recommended restaurants provided should you want to explore on your own, yet everyone is invited to join for local-cuisine group meals.
Concierge service & support – fully escorted tour, personal & customized service, for a WORRY-FREE vacation!
Daily demonstrations by Lori McNee.
Daily sketching and painting sessions with Lori McNee.
Six nights in personally-selected premiere/luxury 5-star hotels.
Daily hotel buffet breakfasts.
Welcome Reception – with Greek wines and hor d'oeuvres hosted by Lori McNee and Paint Europe.
Retsina Wine Tasting Session hosted by Paint Europe.
Cocktail Hour Soirees – enjoy before dinner gatherings with local Greek wines hosted by Paint Europe.
Gala Farewell Dinner – with Greek cuisine and wines hosted by Paint Europe.
Castle/fort/palace and villa/garden entrance fees for all group activities.
Optional Morning Pleasure Walks - before breakfast group pleasure walks.
Villa/garden/museum entrance fees for all group activities.
Ground transportation for all group activities, including inter-Greece ferry transportation, and local water taxis.
Arrival & Departure City:
Lori McNee, Artist & Instructor - More About Lori
Tom Harter, WalkEurope President - More About Tom
Premiere/Luxury 5-Star Hotels:
$4,975 – 7 days / 6 nights per person in double occupancy shared hotel room. Tour cost does not include airfare.
$1,250 – Added cost for single room accommodation option (limited availability).
Recommend to Reserve Early!
Small-Group Limited to 15 Artists
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Please Note: WalkEurope strives to operate according to our published itinerary. However, in the event of unforeseen circumstances beyond our control or opportunities that would enhance the itinerary, adjustments may be necessary. Hotels and itinerary are subject to changes. Tour is subject to meeting eight person minimum participation.